SNAP BACK IN TIME – Oct. 16, 1981 – The Air National Guard receives an honor

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Friday, Oct. 16, 1981


The 263rd Combat Communications Squadron, North Carolina Air National Guard, in Badin, proved it was no accident it had won the Air National Guard Communications-Electronics trophy in 1979.

Once again, the local Air Guard was named the outstanding Communications-Electronics Unit in the nation for 1981.

The criteria established for the outstanding Communications Unit includes the training accomplishments of each person in the unit, annual average attendance at training assemblies and the 15-day Air Force exercise each year.

The reenlistment rate and unit strength play an important role. The 263rd maintains over 100 percent strength continuously.

The Air Force Communications Command inspected the unit in February and rated it excellent, stating that unit personnel exceeded Air Force standards, reflecting outstanding knowledge to unit readiness and mission capability.

Contributing factors to the award was the unit maintained an extremely high reliability rate throughout exercises in Turkey, Germany and on the east coast of North Carolina.

A unit could not win the award in back to back years.